I remember being excited about getting my first smart phone. I’d be able to play Sudoku! When I got my second smart phone, it was the ability to play Trivia Crack that excited me. Of course, I quickly loaded Facebook and Messenger on it and soon I didn’t have to worry about being bored for a second. A game or social media would rescue me and distract me.
But are we using our phones or are they using us?
Let me put on my grandpa pants for a moment. Games are time wasters. Social Media is click baiting. And they’re both designed to steal your most valuable resource: Time!
Instead of using the phone as a toy, we should be using it as a tool.
Last year, I removed Facebook and Messenger from my phone. I can still check them on my computer but I try to minimize my use of them.
A few weeks ago, I got rid of all my game apps on my phone. Yes, even Sudoku. It was hard to do. I deliberated about it for a couple of weeks. But it has been great.
I replaced them with Kindle and read some books I had bought but hadn’t read yet. I also downloaded Hoopla so that I can listen to audio books or read some eBooks that I don’t want to purchase.
The idea for this blog post came to me while I was walking the dog, so I turned on the built-in recorder app on my phone and made a note of the idea. I don’t have to carry around a bulky note book if I don’t want to.
My smart phone is now being used smartly. It’s a book, audiobook, recorder, camera, and encyclopaedia! All in my pocket. For years I was using it as a toy, but now I’m committed to making it a tool that can help me grow.
© 2019 Peter Gruner